Signs of Depression

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Everyone has down days and times when they feel sad. But depression is more than feeling sad or having a bad day. You may have depression if you feel sad every day (or most days) for at least two weeks. Depression makes it hard for you to do things (like work or family duties) and it can stop you from doing the things you want to do.

You may have depression if you have five or more of the following signs for two weeks or more:

  • Not wanting to do things that used to be fun
  • Feeling grumpy, easily frustrated, or restless
  • Changes in sleep—trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, waking up too early, or sleeping too much
  • Eating more or less than you used to
  • Trouble thinking
  • Feeling tired, even after sleeping well
  • Feeling worthless
  • Thinking about dying or hurting yourself
  • Feeling sad most days

You also can take a depression screening quiz to help you see where you stand. If ongoing sadness or depression is getting in the way of your life, you might want to consider seeing your doctor or a qualified mental health professional.

This information is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis of major depression. It cannot take the place of seeing a mental health professional.

It is common for people who are feeling bad to think about hurting themselves or dying.
If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of self-destruction or suicide, please seek immediate help. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24/7 crisis center or dial 911. 1-800-273-TALK is available to provide free, private help to people in crisis.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, runs the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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